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Procedure for prolapsed haemorrhoids vs excisional haemorrhoidectomy: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Thandinkosi E Madiba, Tonya M Esterhuizen, Sandie R Thomson


Background: The procedure for prolapse and haemorrhoids (PPH) was introduced to address the postoperative pain following excisional haemorrhoidectomy (EH).
Objective: To assess the efficacy of both procedures to treat haemorrhoids.
Data sources: Literature review using MEDLINE. Articles addressing PPH and EH were included.
Study selection: RCTs comparing EH and PPH with > 20 patients.
Data extraction: Primary endpoints were pain, operative time, hospital stay, satisfaction with procedure and time to return to normal activity. Secondary endpoints such as recurrence and complications were collated for descriptive analysis. A meta-analysis was performed using the random effects model on studies reporting ‘mean’ and SD or SEM.
Data synthesis: PPH was associated with less postoperative pain, less operative time, shorter hospital stay earlier return to normal activities compared to EH. There appears to be no significant difference in satisfaction with the procedure. There was no difference in the two procedures in terms of complications. There were more recurrences after PPH.
Conclusion: PPH is associated with less postoperative pain, reduced operative time, hospital stay and earlier return to normal activity, and a trend towards improved patient satisfaction. Recurrence appears higher with PPH.

Authors' affiliations

Thandinkosi E Madiba, Department of Surgery, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Tonya M Esterhuizen, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Sandie R Thomson, Department of Surgery, University of KwaZulu-Natal

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haemorrhoidectomy; haemorrhoids; PPH

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2009;99(1):43.

Article History

Date submitted: 2008-10-07
Date published: 2009-01-12

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